Photography: Madison Bickham
Does anyone else have a Christmas hangover? No, I don’t mean from alcohol (though no judgement if that’s the case)… But after the hustle and bustle of last minute gifts, grocery shopping, traveling, and wrapping presents on Christmas Eve at midnight- I feel exhausted. Not to mention the amount of food and wine I have consumed within the past week…
While everyone is getting ready to ring in the new year with new years resolutions and the “New Year, New Me” mentality, I’ve decided to switch my perspective of this phrase this year to “New Year, Same Me”. Yes, the New Year is a good incentive for a fresh start and easing back into a normal routine (specially after the holidays). But I don’t see the need to go and change everything about myself just because we are entering a new year. We’re pressured into thinking we need to make a list of things we need to change in our lives, set unrealistic goals (that are supposed to last all year long), then get upset when we don’t accomplish them, and eventually give it all up (#fail). Not that I think I am perfect by any means, but I actually like who I am and don’t really have the desire to change myself. Instead, what I desire for myself this year is growth. I want to grow from the base of who I am, and become a better version of that. I’m at a good place in my life where I truly feel like I know who I am, and who I want to be. But there is always room for self improvement, knowing that I am growing every single day. Don’t get me wrong setting goals to workout, eat better, or save money is awesome. I feel like I have made these resolutions for myself every single New Year… But sometimes it’s just too damn hard not to eat the cake, or buy the shoes! Then it’s all downhill from there.
This year I want to dig a little deeper and focus on something a little more important which is myself. I want to grow through experience of failure. I want to push myself out of my comfort zones. I want to love myself more than caring about other people loving me. I want to do less talking, and more listening. I want to be so confident in who I am, that it will inspire others to be confident in who they are or want to be. Once you start improving your inner self, all the other surface goals will start getting easier to accomplish. Because once we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. Like maybe this will help me lose that 10 pounds?? Haha, JK…
Almost every piece of the outfit I have linked above is on sale. The colorful sweater vest is half off, and the white bell sleeve sweater I paired it with is less than $20. I also have the bell sleeve sweater in black, both being great to layer with! The belt I am wearing has come to be a new staple in my wardrobe, and is currently 40% off with a code I listed below (Ann Taylor). I have linked a bunch of different sales that are going on till New Years below! Perfect if you have a little Christmas money to spend.
Happy Shopping & Happy New Year!
After Christmas Sales!
Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale, up to 50% off
Madewell: Extra 30% off sale items using code YESPLEASE
Loft: 50% off EVERYTHING using code WRAPITUP
DSW: $20.18 off $99, $60 off $199 using code HAPPY2018
Anthropologie: extra 30% off sale items
Ann Taylor: 40% off all regular priced items using code SHOP40, up to 70% off sale items
Revolve: New markdowns up to 65% off
Dillards: *Starting Jan. 1st* is the best sale they have during the whole year! Be ready for great deals.